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What can bring on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and what are the symptoms?

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Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) start small, and to those who have them, they can seem to be normal behaviors. They can be triggered by abuse or another major negative event, like the death of a loved one.

OCD symptoms include obsessions, compulsions, or both.

An obsession is an uncontrollable thought or fear that causes stress. A compulsion is a ritual or action that someone repeats a lot. Compulsions may offer some relief, but only for a little while.

From: How Do I Know if I Have OCD? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Beyond OCD: "Obsessions and Compulsions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 19, 2018

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Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Beyond OCD: "Obsessions and Compulsions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 19, 2018

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